Presenting the Winners of the 2021 National Magazine Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation showcased the most impactful work published in Canadian periodicals in 2020 at the 2021 National Magazine Awards Winners Celebration hosted by Sandra E. Martin and live-streamed on our website (you can watch the broadcast here). Gold winners in creator-focused categories receive a $1000 cash prize, in addition to their award.  

If you are a Gold winner, please contact us with your mailing address and SIN in order to receive your cash prize and certificate. Certificates for Silver winners and Honourable Mention are available upon request. 

Winners and finalists can also celebrate their achievement by downloading Gold, Silver or Finalist’s seals here.

Winners’ Highlights

  • Toronto Life is a six-time Gold winner, including for the prestigious Magazine Grand Prix, and a two-time Silver winner.
  • Katherine Laidlaw is the Gold winner in both Long-Form Feature Writing for “The Long Shadow of Elizabeth Wettlaufer,” published in Chatelaine, and Investigative Reporting for “Heartbreaker,” published in Toronto Life.
  • Sherina Harris is this year’s Best Emerging Writer for “The Butterfly Effect,” one of five Gold awards The Walrus has received.
  • Christina Frangou won both Gold and Silver in Feature Writing for “A Whole New Kind of Grief” and “Stealing Time,” both published in Maclean’s.
  • In total, Maclean’s has won two Gold awards and four Silver awards.
  • Maclean’s Magazine’s “Saving the Right” and The Narwhal’s “Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arrested as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction” tied for Silver in the Photo Essay and Photojournalism category. 
  • In a tie for Gold in Personal Journalism are Joshua Whitehead’s “Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?” published in The Malahat Review and Ish Aderonmu’s “They Called Me Prisoner 183645,” published in Toronto Life. 
  • The Malahat Review’s second Gold medal is in the category of One of a Kind Storytelling, for Erin Soros’ “Cord.” 
  • In addition to winning Silver in Long-Form Feature Writing for Susan Nerberg’s “Meltdown,” Broadview is also the Gold winner in Best Magazine: Special Interest.
  • Dînette is the recipient of two Gold awards, for Lifestyle Photography and the prestigious Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle.

BEST EMERGING WRITER / MEILLEUR AUTEUR EMERGENT

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation / Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest
GOLD

Sherina Harris for “The Butterfly Effect,” published in The Walrus

“‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a succinct and yet layered exploration of a fascinating topic—tackling climate change, gentrification and conservation—and stands out for its organization and lively detail. Harris expertly weaves storytelling with research and reporting, which not only makes for a compelling read but one that inspires change. It would have been impressive had it been written by a senior writer. That it comes from an emerging journalist makes it all the more remarkable.” — NMA Jury

HONOURABLE MENTION

Ryan David Allen for “Labour of Love,” published in Maisonneuve Magazine
Jadine Ngan for
“A Lonely Year on Campus,” published in The Walrus

ART DIRECTION GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE

GOLD

Issue 25
The Feathertale Review 
Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle

SILVER

Numéro 09
BESIDE
Eliane Cadieux

HONOURABLE MENTION

Brick 105
Brick, A Literary Journal
Mark Byk

019 – Lumière
Dînette Magazine
Hélène Mallette

issue no5
lstw magazine
Carolyne De Bellefeuille

SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex
SAD Mag
Syd Danger

COVER GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA PAGE COUVERTURE

GOLD

On the front lines (Maclean’s, June 2020)
Maclean’s
Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Dawn Lim, photographer
Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief; Colin Campbell, deputy editor

SILVER

The Truth Issue
University of Toronto Magazine
Luis Mora
Contributors: Della Rollins, Vanessa Wyse, Scott Anderson

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nouveau Projet 18 – La fin d’un monde.
Nouveau Projet
Laurent Silvani
Collaborateurs : Jean-François Proulx

The Pandemic Issue
Spacing
Julie Fish, photographer; Matthew Blackett, art director

Breastfeeding: What it feels like, signs it’s going well and where to get help
Today’s Parent
Emily Vezer, art director; Kim Shiffman, editor; Hannah Spencer, photographer
Contributors: Siarre Massey & baby Archer, models

Influentials
Toronto Life
Christine Dewairy, Luis Mora

ISSUE GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DU NUMÉRO

GOLD

The Land Back Issue
Briarpatch 
Saima Desai, Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle, Alex Wilson

SILVER

Spécial COVID
L’actualité
Stéphanie Aubin, Julie Barlow, Marie-France Bazzo, Marie Boule, Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Mathieu Charlebois, François Delorme, Josée Désaulniers, David Desjardins, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Charles Grandmont, Chantal Hébert, Emilie Nadeau, Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Edith Pelletier, Karine Picard, Marie-Hélène Proulx, Marc-André Sabourin, Claudine St-Germain, Paule Thibault, Sébastien Thibault, Alain Vadeboncoeur

HONOURABLE MENTION

Numéro 09 Comment vivre notre nordicité ? – How do we embody our nordicity?BESIDE
Catherine Métayer, Caroline R. Paquette, Mark Mann, équipe éditoriale – editorial team; Eliane Cadieux, directrice de création – creative director; Gabrielle Deronde, designer graphique – graphic designer

Esse arts + opinions no. 99 – Plantes | Plants
Esse arts + opinions
Sylvette Babin, Anne-Marie Dubois, Daniel Fiset, Benoit Jodoin, Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, Amelia Wong-Mersereau. Auteur.e.s : Giovanni Aloi, Amanda Amour-Lynx, Alex Burchmore, Anaïs Castro, Mark Clintberg, Michel F. Côté, Ariane De Blois

Mental Health Issue
FASHION
Bernadette Morra, Danielle Campbell, Eliza Grossman, George Antonopoulos, Lindsay Cooper, Maddison Glendinning, Natasha Bruno, Odessa Paloma Parker, Pahull Bains

Letters to America
Maclean’s
Maclean’s team

Technology in a Changing Climate
Root & STEM
Pinnguaq Association

Issue 25
The Feathertale Review
Brett Popplewell, Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle, Benson Lee, Corina Milic, Lee Wilson

The Pandemic Diaries
Toronto Life
Various Contributors

PERSONAL JOURNALISM / JOURNALISME PERSONNEL

GOLD

Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?
The Malahat Review
Joshua Whitehead
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

They Called Me Prisoner 183645
Toronto Life
Ish Aderonmu
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nuna
BESIDE
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
Handling Editors: Caroline R. Paquette, Catherine Métayer

A Geography of Queer Woundings
Grain Magazine
Joshua Whitehead
Handling Editor: Lisa Bird-Wilson

Pathfinding
Maisonneuve
Jody Porter
Handling Editors: Selena Ross, Madi Haslam

The Glow of Electrum
The Malahat Review
Daniel Allen Cox
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

The Finca
The New Quarterly
Eva-Lynn Jagoe
Handling Editor: Vinh Nguyen

What’s In A Name?
THIS Magazine
Minelle Mahtani
Handling Editor: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Our Life, Our Land, Our Voice
Up Here Magazine
Antoine Mountain, Raymond Yakeleya
Handling Editor: Jacob Boon

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Rachel Giese, Gordon Bowness, editors; Allison Baker, copy editor/fact-checker
Handling Editor: Eternity Martis

LONG-FORM FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (LONG FORMAT)

GOLD

The Long Shadow of Elizabeth Wettlaufer
Chatelaine
Katherine Laidlaw
Contributors: Aimee Nishitoba, Samantha De Kruyff, Flannery Dean
Handling Editor: Denise Balkissoon

SILVER

Meltdown
Broadview
Susan Nerberg
Contributor: Elena Gritzan, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Caley Moore

HONOURABLE MENTION

Punctuation’s Mark
Canadian Geographic
Alanna Mitchell
Handling Editor: Abi Hayward

Tiny Fish to Big Picture
Canadian Wildlife
Brian Banks
Handling Editor: Matthew Church

January 8, 2020
Edify Magazine
Omar Mouallem
Handling Editor: Steven Sandor

The end of growth
Maclean’s
Sarmishta Subramanian
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Lumière sur les études noires
Québec Science
Mélissa Guillemette
Collaborateurs : Niti Marcelle Mueth, Natacha Vincent, Sophie Cazanave
Rédactrices : Marine Corniou, Marie Lambert-Chan

A Long-Term Tragedy
The Local
Simon Lewsen
Handling Editor: Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Sharon J. Riley
Contributor: Sophie Weiler, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

Tick Tock
The Walrus
Stephanie Nolen
Contributor: Abi Hayward, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Harley Rustad

ART DIRECTION OF A SINGLE ARTICLE / MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE D’UN ARTICLE

GOLD

Beyond Treeline
Mountain Life Annual
Amélie Légaré

SILVER

The Best New Restaurants
Toronto Life
Christine Dewairy, Brian Wong, Daniel Neuhaus

HONOURABLE MENTION

At the End of the Highway
Cottage Life
Bradley Reinhardt

CAFA Awards 2020
FASHION
Danielle Campbell

Veggie Delight
Today’s Parent
Stephanie Han Kim
Contributors: Simone Olivero, handling editor; Irene Ngo, recipe production; Erik Putz, photographer; Ashley Denton, food styling; Madeleine Johari, prop styling

ESSAYS / ESSAIS

GOLD

Canadian Media’s Racism Problem
The Walrus
Pacinthe Mattar
Contributors: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

SILVER

To Love Again: A Natural Hair Journey
Room
Téa Mutonji
Handling Editor: Chelene Knight

HONOURABLE MENTION

Still Up in the Air
Chatelaine
Alicia Elliott
Contributor: Colleen Nicholson
Handling Editor: Denise Balkissoon

Mine for Life
Hazlitt
Rudrapriya Rathore
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

Labour of Love
Maisonneuve
Ryan David Allen
Handling Editors: Selena Ross, Madi Haslam

Les vulnérabilités sans fin
Nouveau Projet
Nicolas Langelier
Collaborateurs : Vanessa Allnutt, Véronique Chagnon
Rédactrice : Marie-Michèle Robitaille

For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth
Refinery29 Canada
Kathleen Newman-Bremang
Handling Editor: Carley Fortune

I Do
Room
Erin Soros
Handling Editor:  Rachel Thompson

Plagued
The Fiddlehead
Morgan Charles
Handling Editor: Sue Sinclair

The Fault, Dear Reader, Is Not in Our Stars
The Walrus
Carly Lewis
Contributor: Sydney Hamilton, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

BEST EDITORIAL PACKAGE / MEILLEUR DOSSIER THÉMATIQUE

GOLD

Threads
Inuit Art Quarterly
Napatsi Folger, John Geoghegan, Emily Henderson, Susan Kaplan, Genevieve LeMoine, Michael Stevens, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Myra Kukiiyaut, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut

SILVER

Hors-série: Manger 100% local
Caribou
Audrey Lavoie, Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir et Véronique Leduc

HONOURABLE MENTION

Des mots pour traverser la crise
Châtelaine
Œuvre collective, par Michel Tremblay, Nancy Huston, Fanny Britt, David Goudreault, Arlette Cousture, Perrine LeBlanc, Catherine Mavrikakis; Conception : Johanne Lauzon et Daniel Chrétien; direction artistique : Michel C. Tremblay

Painting
Inuit Art Quarterly
Darcie Bernhardt, Heather Campbell, Tarralik Duffy, Anik Glaude, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Mark Igloliorte, Bronson Jacque, Aija Komangapik, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut

Relations
Inuit Art Quarterly
Kyle Nakutsiak Aleekuk, Britt Gallpen, Maureen Gruben, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Bronson Jacque, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Jessica MacDonald, Natan Obed, Michael Stevens, Chantal Jung, Matt Hoffman, Emily Angulalik

Bye-bye bureaux!
L’actualité
Marie-Hélène Proulx

Letters to America
Maclean’s
Christina Gonzales, Stephen Gregory, Sarah Palmer, Liz Sullivan, Elizabeth Brandt and contributors

SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex
SAD Mag
Madeline Barber, Co-publisher & Editorial Manager and Syd Danger, Co-Publisher & Creative Director

Sprawlzine
Sprawlzine
Ximena Gonzalez, Jeremy Klaszus, Taylor Lambert, Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, Chris Pecora, Sam Hester, Brianna Sharpe, Danielle Paradis, Kaitlynn Copithorne, Len Dueck

Speaking the Truth
University of Toronto Magazine
Scott Anderson, Genevieve Caron, Stacey Gibson, Nazario Graziano, Rahul Kalvapalle, Kurt Kleiner, Brent Ledger, Luis Mora, Della Rollins, Brenda Wastasecoot, Vanessa Wyse

PROFILES / PORTRAITS

GOLD

The Woman Who Built Queen West
Toronto Life
Katrina Onstad
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

SILVER

The Beloved Ones
Maclean’s
Shannon Proudfoot, Nadine Yousif
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

HONOURABLE MENTION

Tiny Fish to Big Picture
Canadian Wildlife
Brian Banks
Handling Editor: Matthew Church

A Voice of Bells
Hazlitt
Dafna Izenberg
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

La reine du roman historique
L’actualité
Jean-Yves Girard
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Nenshi Falls Back to Earth
Maclean’s
Jason Markusoff
Handling Editor: Charlie Gillis

The Man with Plans
Maclean’s
Leah McLaren
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

50 nuances de gris
Magazine VÉRO
Sophie St-Laurent
Collaborateurs : Marjorie Guindon, Chanelle Riopelle, Marie-Michèle Leduc
Rédactrice : Louise Richer

The Insider
Report on Business Magazine
Joanna Pachner
Handling Editor: James Cowan

Stigma, Sex & Safety
The Positive Side Magazine
Deidre Olsen
Handling Editor: Dan Udy

David Frum Fights the Right
The Walrus
Curtis Gillespie
Contributors:  Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

ONE OF A KIND STORYTELLING / UNIQUE ET HORS CATEGORIE 

GOLD

Cord
The Malahat Review
Erin Soros
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

SILVER

At the corner of Loss & Renewal
Maclean’s 
Amber Bracken, Jason Markusoff, and Drew Maynard 
Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography 
Handling editor: Charlie Gillis

HONOURABLE MENTION

Ce qui ne se vend(ait) pas
Nouveau Projet
Rémy Bourdillon et Michel Hellman
Rédactrices : Maud Brougère et Véronique Chagnon

Our Grandpa’s Story: Pierre Washie
Root & STEM
Richard Van Camp (Comic, Writer) & Kyle Charles (Comic, illustrator)
Handling Editor: Joel McConvey

My Mum and Mister Rogers
The Walrus
Cinders McLeod
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director; Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carine Abouseif

Life and Death in the ICU
Toronto Life
Omar Mouallem
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

COLUMNS / CHRONIQUES

GOLD

Chronique Société
L’actualité
Noémi Mercier
Rédactrice : Claudine St-Germain

SILVER

“How Tim Hortons Became a Political Prop,” “Why Canada Won’t Go Broke,” and “How Universal Basic Income Could Save the Economy”
The Walrus
Max Fawcett
Contributors: Sebastian Leck, fact-checker (“How Tim Hortons Became a Political Prop,” “How Universal Basic Income Could Save the Economy”); Miriam Lafontaine, fact-checker (“Why Canada Won’t Go Broke”)
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino

HONOURABLE MENTION

On Second Thought
Alberta Views
Paula Simons
Handling Editor: Evan Osenton

Collecting
FASHION
Odessa Paloma Parker
Handling Editor: Bernadette Morra

Paul Wells
Maclean’s
Paul Wells
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Éditorial
Québec Science
Marie Lambert-Chan
Collaborateur : Sophie Cazanave
Rédactrices : Marine Corniou, Mélissa Guillemette

Dorothy Woodend on culture
The Tyee
Dorothy Woodend
Handling Editor: Robyn Smith

Chroniques
Ricochet
Yannick Marcoux
Collaborateur : Katia Gaïd
Rédactrice : Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours

FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND

GOLD 

A Whole New Kind of Grief
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou
Handling Editor: Dafna Izenberg

SILVER

Stealing Time
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou
Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, Dafna Izenberg

HONOURABLE MENTION

Dead End
Broadview
Sally Armstrong
Contributor: KC Hoard, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Jocelyn Bell

La nouvelle machine à gagner des élections
L’actualité
Alec Castonguay
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Revivre après Daech
L’actualité
Fabrice de Pierrebourg
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

‘It should not define us’
Maclean’s
Emily Baron Cadloff
Handling Editor: Charlie Gillis

Fight of His Life
Reader’s Digest Canada
Nicholas Hune-Brown
Handling Editor: Lauren McKeon

Could 80,000 family woodlot owners be the key to saving the Acadian forest?
The Narwhal
Lindsay Jones
Handling Editor: Emma Gilchrist

Birth Rights
Today’s Parent
Sahar Fatima
Handling Editor: Ariel Brewster

A Family Massacre
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

SHORT FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE COURT

GOLD

Black in the Ivory Tower
The Walrus
Hadiya Roderique
Contributor: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Tajja Isen

SILVER

Trust Exercise
Maisonneuve
Stephanie Nolen
Handling Editor: Selena Ross

HONOURABLE MENTION

What to Do with Trail Names that Offend?
Canadian Cycling Magazine
Melanie Chambers
Handling Editor: Matthew Pioro

COVID-19 Les acquis des travailleuses sont-ils en péril?
Châtelaine
Marie Bernier
Rédacteurs : Johanne Lauzon, Daniel Chrétien, Nathalie Elliott

Parcs Canada : Restauration écologique extrême
Espaces
Guillaume Roy

Swimming in the Dark
FOLKLIFE
Wendy Burton
Contributors: Margy Gilmour, Mary Ann Richards, Alina Cerminara
Handling Editor: Charles Hart

Threading Memories
Inuit Art Quarterly
Krista Ulujuk Zawadski
Contributors: Elizabeth Qulaut
Handling Editors:  Britt Gallpen, Michael Stevens

In defence of equalization
Maclean’s
Stephen Maher
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

“I’m the Virus You Named COVID-19. Glad to Meet You”
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk
Handling Editor: David Beers

FICTION

GOLD

Calling You
Prairie Fire
Catherine Hunter
Handling Editors: Lindsey Childs, Carolyn Gray, Janine Tschuncky

SILVER

Water Signs
The New Quarterly
Joshua Wales
Handling Editor: Pamela Mulloy

HONOURABLE MENTION

Twyla
Canadian Notes & Queries
Alex Pugsley
Handling Editor: Emily Donaldson

While Tehran Was Silent
Hermine
Mehdi M. Kashani
Handling Editors: S. Kennedy Sobol, Abby Gainforth, Nadia Pestrak

Les affaires des autres
Nouveau projet
Stéfanie Clermont
Rédactrice : Véronique Chagnon

Ex-Smoker
Taddle Creek
Sam Shelstad
Handling Editor: Conan Tobias

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING / JOURNALISME D’ENQUÊTE

GOLD

Heartbreaker
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

SILVER

‘You’re out there alone’: whistleblowers say workplace abuse hides true impacts of B.C.’s trawl fishery
The Narwhal
Jimmy Thomson
Handling Editors: Emma Gilchrist, Carol Linnitt, Arik Ligeti

HONOURABLE MENTION

Facebook Banned Mask Ads. They’re Still Running.
BuzzFeed News
Craig Silverman
Handling Editors: Mat Honan, John Paczkowski

The Lone Wolf That Was Loved to Death
Hakai Magazine
Larry Pynn
Handling Editor: Jude Isabella

Murder in Old Barns
The Walrus
Lindsay Jones
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino

The New Lobster Wars
The Walrus
Zoe Heaps Tennant
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Sharon J. Riley
Contributor: Sophie Weiler, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

A Family Massacre
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

The Imposter
Toronto Life
Leah McLaren
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY / PHOTOGRAPHIE : PORTRAITS

GOLD

In The Absence of Paradise
Maisonneuve
Jeff Bierk
Contributors: Brian Morgan, Rachel Wine, art directors

SILVER

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Handling Editors: Carol Linnitt, Stephanie Wood

HONOURABLE MENTION

Shaped by the High Seas
BESIDE
Ash Adams
Contributors: Eliane Cadieux, creative director

Does Thomas Chan belong in prison?
Maclean’s
Clay Stang
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Stephen Gregory, art director

The Picture Man
The Local
Sarah Boesveld, Rodrigo Moreno
Handling Editor Nicholas Hune-Brown

Meet the people saving Canada’s native grasslands
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken
Contributor: Stephanie Wood

Taking a Stand
University of Toronto Magazine
Luis Mora
Contributors: Della Rollins, Vanessa Wyse

For Life
Zoomer Magazine
Alkan Emin 
Handling editor: Stephanie White

POETRY / POESIE

GOLD

This Being Alive: Last Poems
EXILE Quarterly
Patrick Lane
Handling Editor: Barry Callaghan

SILVER

Louise
PRISM International
Emily Riddle
Handling Editor: Emily Chou

HONOURABLE MENTION

CPR Advertisements of a Populated Landscape / on the boundaries of treaty no. 6
Arc Poetry Magazine
Matthew James Weigel
Handling Editor: Sarah Tsiang

DESIRE / HYENAS
Arc Poetry Magazine
Faith Arkorful
Handling Editor: Sarah Tsiang

Dear Kin / Dear Kin (VI)
EVENT
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

The Great Flu / Song of Birth and Death / Subject – Verb – Object
EVENT
Patricia Young
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

The Anna Margolin Suite: Three poems
EXILE Quarterly
Lisa Richter
Handling Editor: Micheline Maylor

Aeroelastic Flutter
Grain Magazine
Alex Manley
Handling Editor: Alasdair Rees

Cree Girl Explodes the Political Project Called “Alberta”
Room
Emily Riddle
Handling Editor: Geffen Semach

Walls / Woodshed Hill, Late Winter 2018
The New Quarterly
John Steffler
Handling Editors: Barbara Carter, Evelyn Dekker

LONG-FORM FEATURE WRITING: 6000+ / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (6 000+ MOTS)

GOLD

Searching for Mackie
The Walrus
Annie Hylton
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Harley Rustad

SILVER

Houses of Horror
Toronto Life
Jason McBride
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

HONOURABLE MENTION

Promised Lands
Canadian Geographic
Julian Brave NoiseCat 
Handling Editor: Aaron Kylie

Crazy Wisdom: A Love Story
Hazlitt
Suzannah Showler
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

Les voleurs d’identité
L’actualité
Marc-André Sabourin
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

The 30-year battle to stop the pandemic
Maclean’s
Paul Wells
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Comicocratie: comment j’ai tenté d’obtenir ma part de l’industrie culturelle la plus lucrative du Québec
Nouveau Projet
Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard
Rédacteurs : Jean-Philippe Massicotte, Nicolas Langelier

How to Vaccinate 38 Million People
The Walrus
Danielle Groen
Contributor: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan

The New Lobster Wars
The Walrus
Zoe Heaps Tennant
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

Heartbreaker
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Rachel Giese, Gordon Bowness, Allison Baker
Handling Editor: Eternity Martis

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY / PHOTOGRAPHIE : ART DE VIVRE

GOLD

La tête dans les étoiles
Dînette Magazine
Catherine Simard

SILVER

At the End of the Highway
Cottage Life
Grant Harder

HONOURABLE MENTION

Fan Fare
Air Canada enRoute
Virginie Gosselin and Gabriel Cabrera
Contributors: Stefanie Sosiak, art director; Lori Morgan, photo editor
Handling Editor: Dominique Lamberton

Welcome to the Wunderkammer
Cottage Life
Liam Mogan

Face Forward
FASHION
Timothy Hung, George Antonopoulos

The One & Only Winnie
FASHION
Greg Swales, George Antonopoulos

SERVICE JOURNALISM / JOURNALISME DE SERVICE

GOLD

The Best New Takeout
Toronto Life
Caroline Aksich
Handling Editor: Rebecca Fleming

SILVER

Comment allez mieux
L’actualité
Marie-Hélène Proulx
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

HONOURABLE MENTION

Sortir les PFNL de la marge
Caribou
Guillaume Roy
Rédactrice : Véronique Leduc

How to Green Your #2 Routine
Chatelaine
Ishani Nath
Handling Editor: Maureen Halushak

Have Cottage, Will Travel
Cottage Life
Cottage Life Staff and Contributors
Handling Editors: Jackie Davis, Sandi Tower

Take Back the Power
Cottage Life
Martin Zibauer
Handling Editors: Liann Bobechko, Sandi Tower

Sauver la planète, c’est payant
L’actualité
Marc-André Sabourin
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

A Planner’s Guide to Dying
Reader’s Digest Canada
Emily Landau
Handling Editor: Lauren McKeon

The 2020 Home Safety Checklist
Reader’s Digest Canada
Rebecca Philps
Handling Editor: Mark Pupo

Where to Buy Planet Friendly Everything
Toronto Life
Various
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

ILLUSTRATION (INCL. SPOT & PHOTO ILLUSTRATION) / ILLUSTRATIONS

GOLD

The Rise of the Roommate
The Walrus
Hudson Christie
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Tajja Isen 

SILVER

Diving Dogs
Cottage Life
Graham Roumieu

HONOURABLE MENTION

Undiagnosed
Broadview
Gracia Lam
Contributor: Carol Moskot, art director

A Planner’s Guide to Dying
Reader’s Digest Canada
Cornelia Li
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, associate art director

Still Got It
Reader’s Digest Canada
Christy Lundy
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, associate art director

Summer Reading
The Walrus
Ashley Mackenzie
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director

Tables Turned
The Walrus
Myriam Wares
Contributors: Paul Kim, art director
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Jillian Tamaki
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola 

The Wrong Side of the New Age
The Walrus
James Lee Chiahan
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino 

Your Brain on COVID-19
The Walrus
Cornelia Li
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan 

Split Ends
THIS Magazine
Aliya Ghare

PHOTO ESSAY & PHOTOJOURNALISM / PHOTOJOURNALISME ET ESSAIS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES

Award sponsored by Cision Canada / Prix commandité par Cision Canada
GOLD

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Contributors: Carol Linnitt, editor; Stephanie Wood, cultural editor; Raina Delisle, copy editor
Handling Editor: Emma Gilchrist

SILVER

Saving the right
Maclean’s Magazine
Nick Hawkins
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Stephen Gregory, art director; Lauren Cattermole, designer

Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arressted as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken
Contributors: Sarah Cox, Carol Linnitt

HONOURABLE MENTION

At the Core of the City: Chinatown
Alberta Views
Guillaume Nolet
Contributor: Beate Wichmann, art director

Nuna
BESIDE
Alexi Hobbs
Contributeur: Eliane Cadieux, Directrice de création

The Queen of Eskasoni
Chatelaine
Lindsay Jones, Darren Calabrese
Contributors: Sun Ngo, Maureen Halushak

BEST MAGAZINE: ART, LITERARY, AND CULTURE / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ART, LITTÉRATURE ET CULTURE

GOLD

C Magazine

HONOURABLE MENTION

Inuit Art Quarterly
Literary Review of Canada
The Feathertale Review 

BEST MAGAZINE: NEWS, BUSINESS, GENERAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ACTUALITÉ, AFFAIRES, INTÉRÊT GÉNÉRAL 

GOLD

Toronto Life

HONOURABLE MENTION

L’actualite
Maclean’s

BEST MAGAZINE: SERVICE AND LIFESTYLE / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : SERVICE ET ART DE VIVRE

GOLD

Dînette Magazine

HONOURABLE MENTION

Caribou
Châtelaine
Explore Magazine

BEST MAGAZINE: SPECIAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : INTÉRÊT SPÉCIAL

GOLD

Broadview

HONOURABLE MENTION

Corsé Magazine
lstw magazine
Tusaayaksat Magazine

PUBLISHER GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE L’ÉDITEUR

GOLD

Florence Gagnon, lstw magazine

“Did anyone have fun in 2020? If lstw didn’t, no-one did: as other publishers panicked, they pivoted to craft beer and party-by-yourself playlists. As usual, they made it look effortless and so, so cool, in both official languages.” — NMA Jury

HONOURABLE MENTION

Alysa Procida, Inuit Art Quarterly
Nicolas Langelier, Nouveau Projet

EDITOR GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA RÉDACTION

GOLD

Michelle Kelly, Cottage Life

Cottage Life is a dynamic example of the relentless pursuit of innovation during a year of pandemic-related challenges. Michelle Kelly has diversified the number of ways of reaching readers of Cottage Life, notably by creating virtual versions of the brand’s events and by launching a podcast. Kelly demonstrates sound editorial judgement, real business intelligence, and inspiring leadership” — NMA Jury

HONOURABLE MENTION

Britt Gallpen, Inuit Art Quarterly
Marie Lambert-Chan, Quebéc Science

MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DU MAGAZINE

GOLD

Toronto Life

HONOURABLE MENTION

Broadview
C Magazine
Dînette Magazine

Cross-Programming Categories

BEST EDITORIAL NEWSLETTER / MEILLEURE INFOLETTRE EDITORIALE 

GOLD

Infolettre Quatre95
URBANIA / Quatre95
Jean-Pierre Bastien, rédaction; Marc-Antoine Jacques, design; Théo Gjini, David Mongeau-Petitpas, intégration

SILVER

LiisBeth: Dispatch
Liisbeth.com Dispatch
Meral Mohammad Jamal, Lana Pesch, Margaret Webb, pk mutch

HONOURABLE MENTION

Hi, Art!
CBC Arts
Leah Collins

L’actualité politique
L’actualité
Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Chantal Hébert, Rafael Jacob, Karel Mayrand et Camille Payant

Le courrier du coronavirus
Le Devoir
Alexis Riopel, Alexandre Shields, Olivier Sylvestre, Claire Dazat

Le courrier américain
Le Devoir
Philippe Papineau, Baptiste Barbe, Stéphane Baillargeon, Carine Touma, Sarah Boumedda et Guillaume Saint-Hilaire

Globe Climate Newsletter
The Globe and Mail
Sierra Bein

The Narwhal Newsletter
The Narwhal
Arik Ligeti

The Supplement Newsletter
The Supplement
Samantha McCabe, Alex Nguyen, Sierra Bein

BEST PODCAST: NEWS & POLITICS / MEILLEUR BALADO : ACTUALITÉS ET POLITIQUE

GOLD

Laissez-nous raconter l’histoire crochie : Décoloniser l’Histoire un mot à la fois
Radio-Canada
Production Terre Innue en collaboration avec Radio-Canada OHdio; Marie Andrée Gill, animation; Brad Gros-Louis & Karine Lanoie-Brien, co-réalisateurs; Karine Lanoie-Brien, concept; Isabelle Picard, recherche; Lynne Trépanier, prise de son; et al. 

SILVER

Brainwashed
CBC Podcasts
Michelle Shephard, host/writer; Chris Oke & Lisa Ellenwood, writers/producers; Cesil Fernandes, sound design; Sarah Melton, associate producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer; Evan Aagaard, video producer; Ben Shannon, art director

HONOURABLE MENTION

CANADALAND
Canadaland
Jesse Brown, host; Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer; Roslyn Kufuor, senior producer; Andréa Schmidt, managing editor; Kevin Sexton, managing editor; Tiffany Lam, Karl Dockstader, Sean Vanderklis, and Justin Ling, contributing reporters

Recall: How to Start a Revolution
CBC Podcasts
Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, creators;  Geoff Turner, showrunner; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, associate producers; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, writers; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Satanic Panic
CBC Podcasts
Lisa Bryn Rundle, host; Lisa Bryn Rundle & Ilina Ghosh, script writers; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Tanya Springer, producer; Christopher Oke, editor; Olivia Pasquarelli, scoring and music supervision; Evan Kelly, sound engineer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Party Lines
CBC Podcasts & CBC News
Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Rosemary Barton, Emma Godmere, Kristin Nelson; Fabiola Melendez Carletti, digital producer

Le Casanova de Montréal
QUB radio Le Bureau d’enquête
Brigitte Noël, Anne-Sophie Carpentier, Étienne Roy, Ève Lévesque, Bastien Gagnon-Lafrance, Philippe Séguin

Dérives
Radio-Canada
Olivier Bernard, animateur et réalisateur; Jo-Annie Larue, chef de projet de contenu; Alain Kemeid, conseiller au contentu; Annie Reeves,  directrice développement et production audionumérique; et al.

Spacing Radio
Spacing
Glyn Bowerman, Neil Hinchley, Matthew Blackett

The Big Story
The Big Story
Jordan-Heath Rawlings, Claire Brassard, Stefanie Phillips, Ryan Clarke

BEST PODCAST: ARTS & CULTURE / MEILLEUR BALADO : ARTS ET CULTURE

GOLD

Cool Mules
Canadaland
Kasia Mychajlowycz, host/reporter/producer; Jesse Brown, producer/co-writer; Jonathan Goldsbie, research; Nathan Burley, music; Chandra Bulucon, sound design/mixing

SILVER

The Hopeful
The Hopeful
Shayda Omidvar, Portia Larlee, Claire Brassard, Ryan Clarke

HONOURABLE MENTION

Les pires moments de l’Histoire avec Charles Beauchesne – Saison III
URBANIA
Charles Beauchesne, animation; Charles Beauchesne, Odrée Rousseau, François DeGranpré, texte et recherche; Barbara-Judith Caron, réalisation; Lucie Fournaison et Alexandre Sarkis, montage; Raphaëlle Huysmans et Philippe Lamarre, producteurs exécutifs

Off The Chart: Xtra’s L Word podcast
Xtra Magazine
Erica Lenti, Chelle Turingan, co-hosts; Chelle Turingan, producer/audio editor; Rachel Giese, executive producer; KidKulit, music

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: SHORT / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT COURT

GOLD

Marion et les collages féministes
Le Devoir
Daphnée Hacker-B., Cédric Gagnon, Bénédicte Millaud

SILVER

Au front, aux soins intensifs de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
Radio-Canada
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Maryse Gagnon, rédactrice en chef; Frédéric Lacelle, réalisateur; Charlie Debons-Ricard, motion designer

HONOURABLE MENTION

The Original Pandemic
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Des Mckenzie

Are you making these face mask mistakes?
CBC News
Amara McLaughlin, Roxanna Woloshyn, Anne MacRae, Scott Galley, Tashauna Reid

The race for a vaccine
CBC Toronto
Chris Glover, Paul Borkwood

Cécile et la deuxième vague de COVID-19
Le Devoir
Jasmine Legendre, Matt Joycey, Bénédicte Millaud

Roundup
National Film Board of Canada
Nettie Wild, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Le choc des cultures
ONFR+
Andréanne Baribeau, Amine Beckoury, Aimé Majeau Beauchamp

‘We’re still a neighbourhood’: A Toronto couple runs errands for their COVID-19 isolated community
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: FEATURE / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT LONG

GOLD
SILVER

60 Day Cycle
National Film Board of Canada
Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg, directors; Darcy Wittenburg, writer; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

HONOURABLE MENTION

Perfumed Dreaming
National Film Board of Canada
Kathleen Hepburn, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Bibelot et bingo : la vieillesse vue autrement
Radio-Canada
Joannie Lafrenière

When fracking and hydro dams collide
The Narwhal
Ben Parfitt, Jayce Hawkins, Carol Linnitt

We Crack Open Dr. Henry’s Model for Taming the Pandemic
The Tyee
Jesse Lupini, Koby Michaels, Lucas Kavanagh, Jeanette Ageson, David Beers

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: MINI-DOC / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : MINI-DOCUMENTAIRE

GOLD

Manhunt, Manitoba
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore, Melissa Tait

SILVER

Agriculture : le Québec loin de l’autonomie alimentaire
Radio-Canada
Maxime Corneau, journaliste; Étienne Marcoux, réalisateur; François Dubuc, motion designer; Georges Sheehy, François Warnet, Marie-Andrée Cormier, preneurs de son; Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, réalisatrice-coordonnatrice; et al.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Canada’s a Drag: Mx. Wolverine, Toronto
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Peter Knegt, Mercedes Grundy

The Bomb Captain
CBC Podcasts
Craig Desson, Evan Aagaard, producers/editors; Evan Aagaard, camera/cinematography; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, original reporting; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Amachewespimawin: Shooting for the Cree way of life
CBC Saskatchewan
Madeline Kotzer, Heidi Atter, Matt Duguid, Trent Peppler

How the Nova Scotia mass shooting unfolded: 13 hours. 22 dead. 16 crime scenes.
Global News
Emanuela Campanella, James Hawkins, Julieta Tobon, Brian Royer, Christian Jeri

Fraude Organisée
Rad
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; Thomas Christopherson, Patrick André Perron, Carl Mondello, vidéaste; Jean-Philippe Gagnon, monteur; Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al. 

BEST VIRTUAL EVENT / MEILLEUR ÉVÉNEMENT VIRTUEL

GOLD

Avenue magazine Top 40 Under 40 Meet the Class of 2020
Avenue
Käthe Lemon, RocketHouse (Steve Klintberg-Nagy and Zoe Klintberg-Nagy), Dallas Flexhaug

SILVER

Confronting COVID: The National Virtual Town Hall
CBC News
Lara Chatterjee, Angela Naus, Meg Banks, Steve Pennie, Cheryl Brown, Natalie Crowell, Joel Perron

HONOURABLE MENTION

AZ Awards Gala 2020
Azure Magazine
Nelda Rodger, Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Vicky Lee, Anna Lin, Kari Silver, Evan Pavka, Mahasti Eslahjou, Wyatt Clough, Paddy Harrington, Tristan Marantos, Jessica Allen, Francesco Sgaramella

Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux ?
Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec
Cathy Beauséjour, conseillère en communication (OAQ); Virginie Harvey, coordonnatrice de la formation continue (OAQ); Véronique Bourbeau, directrice des communications et des relations publiques (OAQ); Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec

Ask & Answer: Government Pandemic Support
HuffPost Canada
Althia Raj, host/producer; Amanda De Souza, producer; Stephane Sannuto, director; Allia McLeod, supervising producer; Luisa Cruz, floor director; Sasha Nagy, executive producer; Jessica Zimmerman, post-production supervisor

Microfestival – Pierre Kwenders Live
URBANIA
Pierre Kwenders, artiste; Gabriel Lajournade, réalisateur; Nicolas Roy-Bourdages, directeur technique; Alexis Demers, Aiguilleur Xavier Havitov, ingénieur son; Natan B. Foisy, Antoine Benhini, caméramans; Francis Robert, assistant caméra; et al.

Acknowledgements

The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts CouncilOntario Creates and Reader’s Digest Foundation. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision, Magazines Canada and Very Good Studios.

A special thank you to the Rethink Canada team, who created this year’s stunning visuals and animations. 

Thank you to Vesselin Stroumsky, for developing the NMAF’s online submissions and judging platforms.

Our deepest gratitude to our roster of volunteer judges, who spent countless hours carefully evaluating the entries in this year’s competition. 

10 Years of Excellence in Canadian Magazines

Over at the National Magazine Awards, we’re celebrating the last long weekend of summer by looking back at the best of the past 10 years in Canadian magazines. We’ve rounded up the smash reels that opened each gala, and we’re inviting you to reminisce with us. Sit back—ideally with a cold, summer beverage—enjoy these short, punchy videos, and vote for your favourite over on Twitter.


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Regrettably, we are missing the smash reel from the 33rd annual NMAs.


Follow the National Magazine Awards on Twitter, and visit us on Facebook. The call for entries for the 43rd annual awards will open on December 1, 2019.

Announcing the Winners of the 42nd Annual National Magazine Awards

Our team is proud to reveal the Canadian creators who won Gold and Silver medals at this year’s National Magazine Awards. The gala was held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, and was hosted by NMA-winner Omar Mouallem.

View the complete list of nominees and winners here.

MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX

Nouveau Projet took home the prestigious, 2019 Magazine Grand Prix award. A six-time consecutive finalist in this category, Nouveau Projet had also won this coveted title in 2014. The judges cited the magazine’s risk-taking spirit and impressive scope: “Consistently ambitious, Nouveau Projet brings a fresh look and stimulating content to its examination of francophone society. Their team has crafted a great system that allows for clarity and variety, and they masterfully orchestrate all the things that make magazines a pleasure to read.”

BEST MAGAZINE AWARDS

In each of the four Best Magazine Divisions, judges selected one gold winner from the three nominees. The gold winners are:

Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest

GOLD: Nouveau Projet
HONOURABLE MENTION: The Walrus, Toronto Life

Best Magazine: Special Interest

GOLD: Up Here Magazine
HONOURABLE MENTION: Fete Chinoise, U of T Medicine

Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle

GOLD: Cottage Life
HONOURABLE MENTION: Elle Canada, FASHION Magazine

Best Magazine: Art, Literary, & Culture

GOLD: Esse arts + opinion
HONOURABLE MENTION: Canadian Art, The Site Magazine

BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER

From four talented, promising nominees, Max Binks-Collier was awarded the Best New Magazine Writer title for “Distant Relatives,” published in Maisonneuve. The jury had this to say of Max’s work:

““Distant Relatives” is a suspenseful, in-depth exploration of medical malpractice and the institutional complicity that allowed it to happen. With his thoughtful interviews and extensive historical research, Binks-Collier pulls readers in and keeps them hooked all the way through.”

Honourable Mention went to Jennifer Thornhill Verma (Maisonneuve), Anais Granofsky (Toronto Life), and Mugoli Samba (The United Church Observer).

EDITOR GRAND PRIX

For the second year, the Foundation presented the Editor Grand Prix award to a senior-level editor who demonstrated a high degree of excellence, making an outstanding impact on their magazine. Alison Uncles of Maclean’s was the proud recipient of this year’s award.

PUBLISHER GRAND PRIX

The Publisher Grand Prix award recognizes a publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through numerous platforms. From the three nominees—Canadian Geographic, Inuit Art Quarterly, and Toronto Life—Ken Hunt publisher of Toronto Life received gold. In their discussion, the jury put it thusly:  if you live in Toronto, you know Toronto Life, and as Toronto is growing, Toronto Life is growing with it.

FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

Linda Spalding—an acclaimed writer and a longtime editor of the literary journal Brick—was presented with the 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. At the gala, she was introduced by Laurie D. Graham, who remarked that “Linda provides a model of how to do this publishing work with emotion as well as intellect. She sprouted in Brick the seriousness and irreverence that has come to be the magazine’s guiding ethos.”

Top-winning magazines include:

Magazines winning one Gold Medal include: Air Canada enRoute, BESIDE, esse arts + opinions, LSTW, Prairie Fire, Québec Science, Ryerson University Magazine, Sharp, Taddle Creek, Title Magazine, and Up Here Magazine.

Magazines winning one Silver Medal include: Geist, Report on Business Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Maritime Edit, The Site Magazine, Toronto Life Stylebook, and University of Toronto Magazine.

Highlights of the 42nd annual NMAs

Mathieu Lachapelle of Dînette Magazine captured three awards for his photography work, winning Silver for Portrait Photography and winning both Gold and Silver in Lifestyle Photography.

Anthony Oliveira is a 2019 two-time Gold winner in Long Form Feature Writing and Essay, for his piece “Death in the Village” published in Hazlitt.

The Walrus swept the Illustration (including spot and photo illustration) category: “The End of an Empire” by Sébastien Thibault won silver, while “Bad Code” by Cristian Fowlie took Gold.


Writing & Visual Awards

In the 17 creator-focused categories, Gold winners received a $1000 cash prize. The gold and silver medalists are:

Long-Form Feature Writing

GOLD: Anthony Oliveira, “Death in the Village,” Hazlitt
GOLD: Brett Popplewell, “Final Edition,” The Walrus

Feature Writing

GOLD: Omar Mouallem, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” Title Magazine
SILVER: Emily Landau, “I, Tanya,” Toronto Life Stylebook

Short Feature Writing

GOLD: Christopher DiRaddo, “Austin or Bust,” Air Canada enRoute SILVER: Matt Williams, “Jeremy Dutcher’s Gift for His People,” The Maritime Edit

Columns

GOLD: Kamal Al-Solaylee, “Points of Departure,” Sharp
SILVER: Lisa Bird-Wilson, “Clowns, Cakes, Canoes: This is Canada?” Geist  

Essays

GOLD: Anthony Oliveira, “Death in the Village,” Hazlitt
SILVER: Larissa Diakiw, “Secrets Are a Captive Country,” Hazlitt

Investigative Reporting

GOLD: Alison Motluk, “Hallway Health Care,” Toronto Life  
SILVER: Martin Patriquin, “Warning Signs,” The Walrus

Fiction

GOLD: RJ Edwards, “Loose Time,” Taddle Creek
SILVER: Christine Higdon, “A Prayer for Ursula in Open D,” The Malahat Review

Lifestyle Photography

GOLD: Mathieu Lachapelle, “La brume de l’Oregon,” Dînette magazine
SILVER: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Au cœur des nuages,” Dînette magazine

Personal Journalism

GOLD: Gwen Benaway, “A Body Like a Home,” Hazlitt  
SILVER: Meaghan Rondeau, “Half-Thing,” The New Quarterly

Poetry

GOLD: Ben Ladouceur, “The Green Carnation,” Prairie Fire  
SILVER: Terence Young, “The Bear,” The New Quarterly

Profiles

GOLD: Katrina Onstad, “Mr. Robot,” Toronto Life
SILVER: Malcolm Johnston, “Born to Run,” Toronto Life  

Service Journalism

GOLD: Mélissa Guillemette, “Où vont les déchets électroniques ?,” Québec Science
SILVER: Mark Pupo, “Where to Eat 2018,” Toronto Life  

Illustration (including Spot & Photo Illustration)

GOLD: Cristian Fowlie, “Bad Code,” The Walrus
SILVER: Sébastien Thibault, “The End of an Empire,” The Walrus  

Portrait Photography

GOLD: Grant Harder, “Tremors,” Maisonneuve
SILVER: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Dompter le roc,” Dînette magazine

Photo Essay & Photojournalism

GOLD: Kamil Bialous, “That Which Does Not Burn,” Cottage Life SILVER: Stephen J. Thorne, “Citizens of War,” Legion Magazine

One of a Kind Storytelling

GOLD: Michael Friscolanti, Jason Markusoff, and Kyle Edwards, “ ‘It was the last time we saw him:’ An oral history of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash,” Maclean’s
SILVER: Martin Patenaude-Monette (Martin PM), “Le bonheur en transition,” Nouveau Projet

Editorial Awards

Art Direction of a Single Article

GOLD: Studio Wyse, Keeping Memories Alive,” Ryerson University Magazine
SILVER: Carey van der Zalm,“Body, Space & Object,” The Site Magazine  

Best Editorial Package

GOLD: WWI Commemorative Issue,” Maclean’s
SILVER: “Autumn 2018: The Cities We Need,” University of Toronto Magazine

Art Direction Grand Prix

GOLD: Eliane Cadieux,Issue 05: What does our future with nature hold? | Numéro 05 : Quel avenir sommes-nous en train de bâtir ?” BESIDE
SILVER: Jean-François Proulx, Balistique, “Nouveau Projet 13,” Nouveau Projet

Editor Grand Prix

GOLD: Alison Uncles, Maclean’s

Cover Grand Prix

GOLD: “Pay equity,” Maclean’s
SILVER: “Blood in the Air,” Report on Business

Issue Grand Prix

GOLD: lstw issue #3, lstw
SILVER: Nouveau Projet 14, Nouveau Projet

Publisher Grand Prix

GOLD: Ken Hunt, Toronto Life


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council,  Ontario Creates, Reader’s Digest Foundation, and KCK Global. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision, Magazines Canada, PUSH Media, RedPoint Media & Marketing Solutions, TC Transcontinental Printing, The Arcadian Court, University of Alberta, Very Good Studios, and Vividata.

We also owe a huge thank you to this year’s judges, who volunteered their time and expertise, evaluating the hundreds of entries submitted to this year’s competition.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 42nd annual National Magazine awards! Follow us on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for updates on next year’s call for entries.

Download the complete list of 2019 nominees and winners here.

Announcing the Winners of the 40th Anniversary National Magazine Awards


The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has presented the winners of the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at the Arcadian Court. Nearly 300 of Canada’s top magazine writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers, and other guests representing 75 nominated magazines gathered to recognize and celebrate excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines in 2016. Gold and Silver medals were presented in 25 categories recognizing Canada’s best in magazine writing, art, and design.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a welcome message to the audience via video, congratulating the nominees and winners and praising the important work of Canada’s magazine creators.
The Foundation presented Gold and Silver Medal awards in 25 categories at a ceremony co-hosted by Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier, and D.B. Scott—three of Canada’s most respected journalists and publishers, and all former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Indigenous writer and Gold Medalist in the Essays category, Alicia Elliott, delivered the keynote address, urging all Canadian magazine creators and publishers to recognize their role in educating and informing the public about the complex social and cultural issues of our time, including empowering Indigenous voices and perspectives in the media.
Penny Caldwell, publisher and vice-president of Cottage Life Media, was presented with the 2017 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest individual honour in the Canadian magazine industry, which recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry.
For a complete list of winners, see below or download the PDF list.


MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Canada’s 2017 Magazine of the Year is Cottage Life. The award for magazine of the year goes to the publication that most consistently engages, surprises, and serves the needs of its readers. The award is judged according to four criteria—overall quality, impact, innovation, and brand awareness—and success relative to the magazine’s editorial mandate.
Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year went to Explore, Nouveau Projet, Ricardo, and The Kit Compact.

With a clear and creative editorial strategy that is loyal to their brand, audience, and business, Cottage Life continues to diversify its mandate, grow its readership, and excel at publishing. The magazine’s tone is perfectly playful, its stories educate and delight, and its story packaging is alluring. Cottage Life has demonstrated creativity and excellence in evolving its brand through events, shows, and multimedia—reinventing itself again and again. And throughout its evolution, the magazine itself remains fresh and fascinating.
The National Magazine Awards Jury



INTEGRATED AWARDS

Best Magazine Cover
GOLD MEDAL: “General Dynamics” (Report on Business)
Domenic Macri, art director
Gary Salewicz, editor
Brennan Higginbotham, contributor

This is a beautiful execution of a well-thought-out idea, from its concept right down to the smallest detail. Report on Business’s “General Dynamics” cover is a masterful example of having graphics work harmoniously with type to create the impression of a must-read story within. It’s engaging and unexpected—the forbidden, blacked-out words suck you in immediately. A truly remarkable and successful magazine cover.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “Why Design Matters” (Canadian Business)


Best Editorial Package
GOLD MEDAL: « Nordicité » (Caribou)
Tania Jiménez, directrice artistique
Audrey Lavoie, Véronique Leduc, Geneviève Vezina-Montplaisir, rédactrices en chef

This Editorial Package from Caribou is a delicious invitation to the table set around the concept of Nordicité, where a meal of uniquely Québécois flavour is served. On the menu are cozy stories and tasteful photography of matsutake mushrooms, maple syrup, boreal spices, and wild berries. The package has the benefit of relying almost wholly on the support of readers and presents them with a carefully thought out series of articles that complement the topic and each other—all editorially handpicked and beautifully plated for our enjoyment.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “Swim or Sink” (New Trail)


Best Service Editorial Package
GOLD MEDAL: “Breast of Luck” (Today’s Parent)
Ariel Brewster, editor
Stephanie Han Kim, art director
Contributors: Vivian Rosas, Katie Dupuis, Karen Robock, Louise Gleeson, Kara Aaserud, Sasha Emmons, Kate Lunau

“Breast of Luck” from Today’s Parent epitomizes service journalism. The team approached the issue from various perspectives, offering up multiple entry points. It feels exceptionally relevant—these are the real questions people ask about breastfeeding. It’s beautifully designed, very well written, funny, informative—the practical information is hands-on and useful. Whether you read it closely or simply skim, it has something for every reader.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “How to Travel like a Boss” (Report on Business)


Best Words & Pictures
GOLD MEDAL: “Rosemont Petite-Syrie” (Nouveau Projet)
Judith Oliver, rédactrice en chef adjointe
Jean-François Proulx, directeur artistique
Félix Beaudry-Vigneux, auteur
Maxime Roy de Roy, illustrateur

Beautifully drawn, informative, and concisely written, “Rosemont Petite-Syrie” is a powerful and graphic way to show the response of two families to the Syrian refugee crisis. The piece seamlessly weaves text and illustrations that speak to one another and the reader without seeming redundant. It’s an exemplar of the comic-book genre—and bilingual, to boot.
The National Magazine Awards Jury

SILVER MEDAL: “Love Your Body” (NOW Magazine)


Forty years ago the NMAF set about building a coalition of institutions to form the foundation of what would become the National Magazine Awards. The goal was to create a truly national program that would recognize individual excellence in the many aspects of the magazine industry. Forty years later that legacy has endured. Tonight we have recognized the outstanding work of Canada’s magazine creators. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners—you have truly inspired the future of great journalism in this country.
Nino Di Cara, President, NMAF


BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER

GOLD MEDAL
The Questionable Science of Vancouver’s Port Expansion
Hakai Magazine
Amorina Kingdon, writer
Heather Pringle, handling editor
Honourable Mention: Eternity Martis, Kyle Edwards, Sharon J. Riley, Viviane Fairbank


WRITING AWARDS

Long-Form Feature Writing
GOLD MEDAL
Growing Up Trans
The Walrus
Mary Rogan, writer
Carmine Starnino, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
Canadian Mining’s Dark Heart
The Walrus
Richard Poplak, writer
Carmine Starnino, handling editor


Feature Writing
GOLD MEDAL
« Les exilés de l’enfer »
L’actualité
Anne-Marie Luca, auteure
Ginette Haché, rédactrice-réviseure
SILVER MEDAL
Big Lonely Doug
The Walrus
Harley Rustad, writer
Carmine Starnino, handling editor


Short Feature Writing
GOLD MEDAL
« Santa Martha Acatitla : le théâtre de la réconciliation »
Jeu, Revue de théâtre
Françoise Major, auteure
Christian Saint-Pierre, rédacteur-réviseur
SILVER MEDAL
The Cutting Edge
ON Nature
Ray Ford, writer
Joanna Pachner, handling editor


Columns
GOLD MEDAL
« Économie »
L’actualité
Pierre Fortin, auteur
Josée Désaulniers, Karine Picard, Lucie Daigle, rédactrices-réviseures
SILVER MEDAL
Just Sayin’
Atlantic Business Magazine
Stephen Kimber, writer
Dawn Chafe, handling editor


Essays
GOLD MEDAL
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
The Malahat Review
Alicia Elliott, writer
John Barton, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
A Poet Self-Destructs
The Walrus
Don Gillmor, writer
Katherine Laidlaw, handling editor


Fiction
GOLD MEDAL
The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition
The New Quarterly
Richard Kelly Kemick, writer
Pamela Mulloy, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
Eight Saints and a Demon
Hazlitt
Naben Ruthnum, writer
Kiara Kent, handling editor


Investigative Reporting
GOLD MEDAL
The Last Days of Target
Canadian Business
Joe Castaldo, writer
James Cowan, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
Justice Is Not Blind
Maclean’s
Nancy Macdonald, writer
Colin Campbell, handling editor


One of a Kind
GOLD MEDAL
The Verdict
The Walrus
Katherine Laidlaw, writer
Emily M. Keeler, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
The David Foster Wallace Disease
Hazlitt
Sasha Chapin, writer
Haley Cullingham, handling editor


Personal Journalism
GOLD MEDAL
The Burn
Prairie Fire
Benjamin Hertwig, writer
Andris Taskans, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead
Toronto Life
John Hofsess, writer
Emily Landau, handling editor
Gary Ross, contributor


Poetry
GOLD MEDAL
“(Good) ‘Girls Don’t Hitchhike’; Half/Brother; Meet Cree: A Practical Guide to the Cree Language
The New Quarterly
Selina Boan, poet
Barb Carter, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
La Traviata
PRISM International
Kim Fu, poet
Dominique Bernier-Cormier, handling editor


Professional Article
GOLD MEDAL
Whatever happened to Michael Bryant?”
Precedent
Daniel Fish, writer
Melissa Kluger, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
Beware the Weakest Link
Listed
Jim Middlemiss, writer
Brian Banks, handling editor


Profiles
GOLD MEDAL
This is How I’m Going to Die
Maclean’s
Nancy Macdonald, writer
Colin Campbell, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
The Artist of the Deal
Report on Business
Max Fawcett, writer
Ted Mumford, handling editor


Service Journalism
GOLD MEDAL
Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016
Air Canada enRoute
Andrew Braithwaite, writer
Sarah Musgrave, handling editor
SILVER MEDAL
« Santé des femmes : le travail nous met en danger »
Châtelaine
Marie-Hélène Proulx, auteure
Johanne Lauzon, rédactrice-réviseure



VISUAL AWARDS

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
GOLD MEDAL
Issue 22: Secrets
SAD Mag
Pamela Rounis, art director
Sara Harowitz, editor
Katie Stewart, Michelle Reid Cyca, contributors
SILVER MEDAL
87: Le Vivant / The Living
esse Arts + Opinions
Studio FEED, direction artistique
Sylvette Babin, rédactrice en chef


Art Direction of a Single Article
GOLD MEDAL
« Le politique est personnel »
Nouveau Projet
Ping Pong Ping, direction artistique
Miriam Fahmy, rédactrice en chef
SILVER MEDAL
Give Peas a Chance
Today’s Parent
Mandy Milks, art director
Lauren Ferranti-Ballem, editor
Anthony Swaneveld, illustrator
Roberto Caruso, photographer


Illustration
GOLD MEDAL
« Une vie sexuelle pour les prêtres ? Pourquoi pas ? »
L’actualité
Gérard Dubois, illustrateur
Jocelyne Fournel, directrice artistique
SILVER MEDAL
Move or Improve?
MoneySense
Steven P. Hughes, illustrator
John Montgomery, art director


Photojournalism & Photo Essay
GOLD MEDAL
South of Buck Creek
Geist
Terence Byrnes, photographer
Syd Danger, art director
AnnMarie MacKinnon, Michal Kozlowski, editors
SILVER MEDAL
Canada’s Oldest Profession
The Walrus
Tyler Anderson, photographer
Brian Morgan, art director
Jonathan Kay, editor
Conrad Black, text


Portrait Photography
GOLD MEDAL
Marina Abramovic
Corduroy Magazine
Peter Ash Lee, photographer & art director
Tim Chan, editor
SILVER MEDAL
Love Your Body
NOW Magazine
Tanja-Tiziana, photographer
Troy Beyer, art director
Susan G. Cole, editor
Taylor Savage, hair & makeup


Lifestyle Photography
GOLD MEDAL
Different Strokes
Globe Style Advisor
Riley Stewart, photographer
Benjamin MacDonald, art director
Andrew Sardone, editor
Odessa Paloma Parker, fashion editor, stylist
Vanessa Jarman, makeup / hair stylist
Wendy Rorong, manicurist
James Reiger, model, NEXT Models Canada
SILVER MEDAL
Tan Lines
Globe Style Advisor
Renata Kaveh, photographer
Benjamin MacDonald, art director
Andrew Sardone, editor
Odessa Paloma Parker, fashion editor, stylist
Robert Weir, grooming
Connor, model, Elmer Olsen Model Management



INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Writer Nancy Macdonald won two awards: A Gold Medal in Profiles for “This is How I’m Going to Die” (Maclean’s), about the Leviathan II disaster, and a Silver Medal in Investigative Reporting for “Justice Is Not Blind” (Maclean’s), about the bias against Indigenous Canadians in the judicial system.
Mary Rogan won the first NMA Gold Medal for Long-Form Feature Writing, for her story “Growing Up Trans” (The Walrus). It’s Rogan’s third National Magazine Award and first since 1999.
Art director Domenic Macri of Report on Business won the Gold Medal for Best Magazine Cover (“General Dynamics”), his and the magazine’s fifth gold medal in this category since 2006.
Pierre Fortin (L’actualité) won the Gold Medal in Columns, for his Québec « Économie » coverage. This is Fortin’s fourth gold medal in Columns since 2003.
Indigenous poet Selina Boan won the Gold Medal in Poetry for a suite of poems in The New Quarterly, including “Meet Cree: A Practical Guide to the Cree Language.” This is her first National Magazine Award.
Richard Kelly Kemick won the Gold Medal in Fiction for “The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writer’s Short Story Competition” (The New Quarterly), his second NMA after winning gold last year in One of a Kind. Kemick also received an Honourable Mention in Fiction and in One of a Kind this year.
Indigenous writer Alicia Elliott won the Gold Medal in Essays for “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” (The Malahat Review).
Don Gillmor won his twelfth National Magazine Award since 1997, a Silver Medal in Essays for “A Poet Self-Destructs” (The Walrus).
Joe Castaldo won the Gold Medal in Investigative Reporting for “The Last Days of Target” (Canadian Business). He won the Silver Medal in the same category in 2015.
In Personal Journalism, Edmonton writer and visual artist Benjamin Hertwig won the Gold Medal for “The Burn” (Prairie Fire). The story of the late John Hofsess, “By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead” (Toronto Life), about assisted dying and preparing to take his own life, won the Silver Medal.
Photographer and art director Peter Ash Lee won the Gold Medal in Portrait Photography (“Marina AbramovicCorduroy), his fourth National Magazine Award.
Gérard DuBois won the Gold Medal in Illustration, for « Une vie sexuelle pour les prêtres ? Pourquoi pas ? ». It is DuBois’ fourth National Magazine Award and first since 2013.
Andrew Braithwaite won the Gold Medal in Service Journalism for “Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016” (Air Canada enRoute), marking the second consecutive year he and the magazine have won gold for their annual feature on Canada’s newest culinary hotspots.
Ray Ford won his eighth National Magazine Award since 2000 with a Silver Medal in Short Feature Writing for “The Cutting Edge” (ON Nature).



MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS

L’actualité led all magazines with 3 Gold Medals, winning the top prize in Feature Writing, Columns, and Illustration.
The Walrus led all magazines with 6 awards (2 Gold Medals and 4 Silver Medals). This is the tenth time in the magazine’s history that The Walrus has won the most total awards at the NMAs.
Report on Business won 3 awards, including a Gold Medal for Best Magazine Cover (“General Dynamics”) and Silver Medals in Best Service Editorial Package and in Profiles.
The New Quarterly won the Gold Medal in Fiction and in Poetry, marking the second time that the Waterloo, Ontario literary magazine has swept both awards (also doing so in 2003 at the 25th anniversary National Magazine Award).
NOW Magazine’s “Love Your Body” issue was a double winner, taking the Silver Medal in Portrait Photography and the Silver Medal in Best Words & Pictures.
Globe Style Advisor swept the Gold and Silver Medals in the category Lifestyle Photography.
Nouveau Projet won 2 Gold Medals, in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article (« Le politique est personnel ») and in Words & Pictures (“Rosemont Petite-Syrie”). Nouveau Projet won Magazine of the Year in 2015 and was a finalist this year.
The online magazine Hazlitt won 2 Silver Medals, in Fiction and in One of a Kind.
Today’s Parent won 2 medals: Gold in Best Service Editorial Package (“Breast of Luck”) and Silver in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article (“Give Peas a Chance”).
7 magazines won a National Magazine Award for the first time: Atlantic Business Magazine; Caribou; esse Arts + Opinions; Hakai Magazine; Jeu, Revue de théâtre; Listed; and SAD Mag.
Magazines winning 1 Gold Medal: Air Canada enRoute; Caribou; Corduroy; Cottage Life; Geist; Hakai Magazine; Jeu, Revue de théâtre; The Malahat Review; Prairie Fire; Precedent
Magazines winning 1 Silver Medal: Atlantic Business Magazine; Châtelaine; esse Arts + Opinions; Listed; MoneySense; New Trail; ON Nature; PRISM International; Toronto Life.



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SPECIAL GUESTS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a welcome message to the audience via video, congratulating the nominees and winners and praising the important work of Canada’s magazine creators.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also addressed the gathering via video to offer his congratulations to the nominees and winners and offer his support for Canadian magazine creators.
Alicia Elliott delivered the keynote address. Alicia is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations, currently living in Brantford, Ontario. Her writing has most recently been published by CBC Arts, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly and The Malahat Review. Later in the evening she won the Gold Medal in Essays for “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” (The Malahat Review).
For the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards, the NAMF welcomed a number of its former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, led by Kim Pittaway, Michael de Pencier, and D.B. Scott, who co-hosted the event.
Also attending and presenting awards as former winners of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement: James Ireland, Sally Armstrong, Ken Rodmell, Lynn Cunningham, Stephen Trumper, Al Zikovitz, and Paul Jones.
Other special guest presenters included award-winning illustrator Min Gyo Chung, award-winning writers Hon Lu and Desmond Cole, award-winning art director Gilbert Li, and former NMAF president Arjun Basu.


ABOUT THE 40th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Nearly 300 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the Arcadian Court for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala.
This year, 197 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. The NMAF’s 112 volunteer judges nominated a total of 202 submissions from 75 different Canadian magazines for awards in 25 written, visual, integrated and special categories. 
 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and table patrons:
Access Copyright,
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association,
Bookmark,
Canadian Media Guild,
Content Writers Group,
CDS Global,
CNW, a Cision Company,
ExpertWomen.ca,
Goetz Storytelling,
Impresa Communications,
Oliver & Bonacini,
Ricardo Media,
Rolland Enterprises,
Ryerson University School of Journalism,
Studio Wyse,
TC Transcontinental Printing,
University of King’s College School of Journalism,
Very Good Studios, and
Vividata.
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges its 112 Judges who volunteered their time and their expertise to serve on the juries for the 40th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
 

ABOUT THE NMAF

A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.
The Foundation produces two distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards. Throughout the year, the Foundation undertakes various group marketing initiatives and professional development events. 
Download the entire list [PDF] of nominees and winners.

CBC documentary based on Desmond Cole's National Magazine Award-winning story

Desmond Cole accepts the award for Best New Magazine Writer to a standing ovation at the 2016 National Magazine Awards in Toronto (Photo: Steven Goetz / National Magazine Awards Foundation)

In 2015 Desmond Cole’s essay “The Skin I’m In” (published in Toronto Life) made headlines across the country and became a touchstone for contemporary debates about race relations, privilege and law enforcement policy in Canada. Desmond Cole admitted to readers, “I was nine years old the first time I got stopped by police. Since then, I’ve been interrogated more than 50 times— all because of the colour of my skin.”
At the 2016 National Magazine Awards, Desmond Cole’s story won 3 awards–for Personal Journalism, Essays, and Best New Magazine Writer.

In an intimate portrait of systemic discrimination and how it erodes one’s sense of self, Cole has written in “The Skin I’m In” a powerful exposé of Canada’s justice system with clarity and integrity, holding up a mirror to readers of any ethnicity and making them rue what they see.
– National Magazine Awards jury

Since then, he’s become a columnist for the Toronto Star, a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter and other organizations challenging police practices in Toronto, and has appeared on panels for the CBC, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Global News, and more. His work also appears in the The Walrus, Torontoist, VICE, NOW Magazine, and Ethnic Aisle.
Tonight, the CBC airs its documentary based on Desmond’s National Magazine Award-winning story–“The Skin We’re In“–at 9pm.

For the film version of The Skin We’re In, the perspective shifts — but the intimacy of Cole’s work is not lost. His journalism is marked by his unapologetic connection to many of his subjects, which is captured poignantly throughout the film.

Click here to watch the trailer of “The Skin We’re In”